M.L.B. Playoff Races: Yankees and Braves Close In on Berths

The Astros, behind seven R.B.I. from Yuli Gurriel, clinch a spot in the postseason; the Cardinals keep pace in the N.L. wild-card race.

The Yankees Aaron Hicks, right, celebrating his two-run homer in Friday’s win with Aaron Judge. CreditFrank Franklin II/Associated Press

A couple of quests were on the verge of being fulfilled after Friday’s results. The Yankees won to lower their magic number for clinching an American League wild-card berth to two. And the Atlanta Braves prevailed and will clinch the National League East if they beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

Another issue was put to rest, as the Houston Astros, who lead the A.L. West, won to assure themselves a postseason berth.

Here is where the various competitive playoff races stood after all of Friday’s games:

Friday’s scores

Johan Camargo’s two-run, bases-loaded single in the seventh inning proved the winning hit for the Braves against the Phillies.CreditJohn Bazemore/Associated Press

The Milwaukee Brewers came into Friday with a three-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the top position, while the Cardinals had a one-and-a-half-game lead over the Colorado Rockies for…

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